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10/10/2011

NOM's changing image: Org. continues to show true 'ex-gay' colors

by Jeremy Hooper

Over the weekend, the supposedly single-issue-focused National Organization For Marriage posted even more credence for the scientifically-rejected idea that gays can "change":

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[NOM Blog]

With this, NOM is continuing its recent trend of moving further and further fringe, embracing fights and causes that all-out prove how much beyond marriage their fight really goes. If we don't use this new insight as we begin shaping our pushback against the campaigns that this very same NOM is going to wage in states like Minnesota or North Carolina, then we will be making a massive mistake.

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*For insight into the supped "experts" behind this study, here are two hours of faith-based lecturing they recently provided on this subject. Their whole vibe is pitting mainstream science against their personal religious views.

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*EARLIER "ex-gay" NOMminess:

-Brian Brown, NOM President: Pushed this same Jones and Yarhouse study in NOM's weekly newsletter, speaking highly of "managing sexual desire" and "faith in human freedom and human reason," calling it "heartening" to see "motivated religious individuals in this [study] sample who sought to bring their sexual behavior to conform to their religious ideals succeeded—some by changing their self-reported sexual orientation, even more by exercising the difficult virtue of chastity."

-Maggie Gallagher, former President and Board Chair, now head of NOM's "Marriage Anti-Defmation Alliance": Has called homosexuality an "unfortunate thing" and "at a minimum, a sexual dysfunction much as impotence or infertility," as well as suggested gays "can always control their behavior" and called on a sitting President to give more research dollars to "ex-gay" research, I really don't think I'm missing anything finer or more nuanced in her latest call.

-Jennifer Roback Morse, head of NOM's affiliate Ruth Institute: On her Catholic radio program, Morse went into a long explanation about how Catholics like herself don't "accept the category of gayness," basically saying that we are all just men and women who are meant to be heterosexual, regardless of our "attractions." Also, Morse's Ruth Institute gave a platform for this same Jones and Yarhouse "study."

-Damian Goddard, the man who is working with Maggie on that silly new "Anti-Defamation" project: Advocated for "Courage," an organization geared towards helping LGBT Catholics "change."

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